Lansing BWL To Begin “Full Steam Ahead” Project

(WLNS) – Now that winter has given way to spring it’s time for outdoor construction projects to begin. The Lansing Board of Water and Light is set to launch a major renovation project in downtown Lansing.

Beginning Monday, April 13, the BWL will be repairing and replacing parts of the underground steam energy system on Michigan Avenue and Washington Square. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September and will be done in three phases.

The BWL operates and maintains nearly ten miles of underground steam pipes, with some of those pipes dating back to the 1920’s. BWL interim general manager Dick Peffley says some of the piping has deteriorated to the point that there are safety and service issues. Peffley says, “This particular steam main was originally installed in 1924. This main is being upgraded to respond to maintenance concerns and changes in demand, and will be built using modern practices to ensure safe, reliable service for many years into the future.”

Phase One
Will start at the intersection of South Washington Square and Michigan Avenue. Half of the traffic circle will be closed beginning at 10pm Sunday, April 12. Watch for detours

Phase Two
This is expected to run from June 1 through mid-August. It will begin at the traffic circle at South Washington Square and extend east toward Grand Avenue behind the Tavern on the Square restaurant.

Phase Three
This part of the project is expected to run from mid-August through the end of September. It will begin at the Radisson Hotel and go south through the alley behind the Tavern on the Square.

Customer access to businesses will be maintained, along with utility service and trash pickup to businesses and residents during the construction.

If you want to see more information about the BWL’s “Full Steam Ahead” project you can click here.

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